ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • Wine and Craft Beer Tasting at Cruisin’ Grand
    To celebrate Cruisin' Grand's 2015 season, local wineries and craft breweries will offer tastes of their finest selections on the beautiful Maple Street Plaza on Friday, April 10. Admission is $20 and includes 12 drink tickets. Each ticket good for 1 oz. wine and/or 2 oz. beer taste. Tickets may be combined to equal full glasses of wine/beer. 21 and over only. IDs will be checked upon entry. No one under 21 permitted inside the tasting area. Tickets may be purchased at the event or online now at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eakadpnna1d509e9&llr=eoyxpfjab
  • The City of Escondido will be re-launching the “Hometown Heroes” banner program that the Escondido Downtown Business Association ran a few years ago. The program honors the men and women who serve, or have served, in the U.S. Armed Forces by offering personalized banners that will be hung from Memorial Day (mid-May) to Veterans Day (mid-November) in Downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue, 2nd Avenue and Valley Parkway. The banners will say “Escondido Hero” and include a photo of the hero, their name, and customizable text that can include their military branch, special awards or honors they received, etc. The banners will be offered for $140, which simply recoups the cost to produce them. A Web page will be up and running in the next several days where the banners can be ordered. The banners that were created as part of the DBA’s program have exceeded their lifespan, and are being stored at the Public Works Yard. Interested parties can have their banner returned by request. For more information, contact Michelle Geller at mgeller@escondido.org or 760-839-4587.
  • This weekend March 14th and 15th Ryan Park will host the Cal South Regional League.  The league is a Premier division invitation-only program.  Teams and players from all over the western region will be playing a very high level of soccer at Ryan Park.  There will be sixty-nine games and five girls divisions: G14, G15, G16, G17, & G18.  This is a free parking tournament.  

SPECIAL EVENTS 

There are no large scale special events this weekend.  However, a variety fun events are scheduled at local restaurants, galleries, Queen California Magical Circle, etc.  For more information on those, please visit www.visitescondido.com The show and seasonal cruise night will feature pre-1974 vehicles. The fundraiser is free to view; $20 for show vehicles by Feb. 17, $25 after. Funds will support the free Friday evening Cruisin' Grand shows, which fires up April 3 and will run through September (5-9 p.m.).

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

  • The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of Amanda Estates, including the annexation, prezoning and 21-unit planned development at 2115 Amanda Lane proposed by New Urban West; and unanimously recommended approval of the General Plan Amendment from General Commercial to Light Industrial for the property at 2120-2122 W. Mission Road. Both projects are tentatively scheduled for consideration by the City Council on April 8th.
  • Staff met with representatives of the Sager Ranch property regarding the proposed annexation and specific plan. The applicant is evaluating options for the annexation boundaries, including City-owned properties and other privately-owned properties, and has submitted a deposit for preparation of an RFQ for a consultant to act as an extension of staff. No application has been submitted.
  • Staff held a public workshop on Thursday evening, March 5th, regarding the property commonly known as the Escondido Country Club. No development application has been submitted. The purpose of the workshop was to solicit community input regarding the code amendments implementing Ordinance 2000-13, the initiative measure which amended the General Plan to preserve the ECC golf course by designating the property as Open Space - Park. The workshop was well attended, with approximately 24 speakers providing comments on potential land use opportunities for the property. Public comment forms are available at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/data/sites/1/media/pdfs/CommentForm.pdf 
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The project and associated EIR were approved by the City Council on March 4th.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – The Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for March 10th.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. Staff is reviewing the applicant’s conceptual plans for offsite traffic improvements; these proposed improvements include an alternative design at the El Norte Pkwy/Escondido Blvd. intersection that considers a raised median in El Norte Pkwy. and ‘right in / right out’ on Escondido Blvd., with longer left turn pockets for traffic turning south onto Center City Pkwy. from El Norte Pkwy., as well as U-turns at El Norte Parkway and CCP for travelers wishing to access Escondido Blvd.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Staff is working with the anticipated developer of the properties east of Ash Street regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes, with the goal of achieving substantial conformance with the approved tentative maps as anticipated in the development agreements. A traffic analysis has been requested to address construction vehicle trips from the proposed mass grading. The Draft public review period for the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Zenner project ended on February 18th, and is available at the following link:
    • http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Planning/AmandaEstates/DraftMitigatedNegativeDeclaration.pdf. Staff is coordinating with County staff to respond to the County’s request for the applicant to pay the County’s Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) of $72,200. Staff continues to coordinate with the developer regarding cost estimates for offsite improvements to enable evaluation of proposed development agreement terms.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Management staff met with the applicant’s team to discuss concerns regarding the proposed project related to processing timeframes, residential product type and density, site planning, open space amenities, storm water compliance, architectural design and overall quality for the proposed 68-unit townhouse project. A letter has been sent notifying the applicant of outstanding submittal requirements to complete the application for processing and identifying issues.
    • Latitude II (382 W. Washington) – A letter has been sent notifying the applicant of outstanding submittal requirements to complete the application for processing and identifying issues.
    • The Escondido Ford and Hyundai automobile dealerships at 1717 and 1919 Auto Park Way are proposing a modification to the master and precise development plan. The modifications include renovation of several buildings, demolition of two showroom structures, and construction of two new showrooms (6,200 SF Ford and 6,700 SF Hyundai buildings) and a 6,100 SF carwash/detail building. The project is anticipated to be considered by the Planning Commission in April.
    • Wohlford – An incomplete letter has been sent for the proposed 55-unit residential subdivision and planned development at 661 Bear Valley Parkway. The applicant is coordinating with staff regarding a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 42 permits for the week with a total valuation of $249,775. The majority of the permits were minor type permits including plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits.
  • 10 photovoltaic permits were issued this week with 162 permits issued so far this year compared to 94 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 24 per day with 24 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 29 per day with 25 on Friday.
  • The Building Division has approved the plans for a new 76 unit condominium project at 2412 S. Escondido Blvd. Engineering approval needed prior to permit issuance.
  • Construction activity has resumed at the Talk of the Town carwash and restaurant at 444 Brotherton Rd.
  • The new 3 story HARRF administration building at 1521 S. Hale Ave is progressing through drywall inspections.
  • The new Monticello Assistive living facility is moving towards a final building inspection projected for the end of April.
  • Plans are in for review for the new building and tenant improvement for the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway Dr.
  • Plans were submitted for plan review for the new Taco Bell restaurant and office building that will replace the existing restaurant at 627 N Escondido Blvd. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

The Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
The contractor is waiting for replacement parts for items listed on the Punch List. It will go to council for acceptance on March 11th, 2015.

 

FY2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
March 11th, 2015 through March 13th, 2015 the paving contractor will be removing and replacing concrete for the bus pads, pedestrian ramps and driveways in front of Mission Middle School on Mission Avenue between Ash Street  and Fig Street. 

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel:
The new water main has passed water quality testing and has been tied-in to the City's water system. The contractor is preparing the road section for curb and gutter and the asphalt placement.  Concrete has started to be placed for storm drain inlets. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road  (County Project):
The contractor is placing base material for the east side road section, curb and gutter, south of Suburban Hills Drive to Birch Avenue. Dry utilities and the water main installation are completed to Suburban Hills Drive. Asphalt placement for the east side road section from Birch Avenue to Boyle Avenue is scheduled for the end of next week. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The contractor has started to construct the site retaining walls. The new 48” storm drain system is being installed. 

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue Fiber Optic Project:
Conduit installation has been completed from the tie-in location on Escondido Boulevard, down 3rd Avenue to Broadway.  The remaining installation from 3rd Avenue to the 2nd Avenue and Broadway location is scheduled to be completed by March 16th, 2015. 

CIP Development Projects

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project:
This project widens the road from two to four lanes between Lake Wohlford Road and the city limits and two to six lanes between Lake Wohlford Road and Beven Drive. Currently design is nearing 100%, and SDG&E is preparing the design to underground the overhead utilities. 

Citracado Parkway Extension Project:
This project will complete the missing roadway link between Harmony Grove Village Road and Andreasen Drive.  Currently the project is in 100% design, and the project appraisers are getting underway to begin their appraisal work for required land acquisition. 

Neighborhood Group Street Lighting Project:
This project will add new streetlights in established  neighborhood group areas to improve safety by bringing the areas up to current lighting standards.  The areas included are Cedar Street and Beech Street, Cedar Street and Cedar Brook, Elwood Drive and Elm Street and Rustic Road, Elwood Drive and Beechwood Street. Draft plans and specifications are well under way.  Staff is anticipating power source information from SDG&E to add to the plans. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police

  • Chief Carter spoke at a LiveWell San Diego event at the California Center for the Arts.  LiveWell San Diego is a non-profit organization that caters to seniors.  Chief Carter spoke to the group about recent crime trends and how seniors can participate in helping to reduce crime in their communities.
  • Chief Carter presented the City’s latest Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP-East) to the city department heads.  Afterwards, city officials and the Escondido Education COMPACT gave a presentation of the project to a community group within the NTP-East footprint.  The boundaries of NTP- East are Harding St to the west, Grand Ave to the south, Midway Drive to the east, and Valley Parkway to the north.  The community meeting was posted on the police department’s Facebook page and has received over 100 likes.  We also have a net increase of 30 new followers as a result of the Facebook post.
  • March 8 through 14 is the NO MORE campaign.  This is a stand against domestic violence and sexual abuse.  We have a Facebook post with a link for further information.
  • Captain Loarie attended the Senior Disaster Alliance meeting at the San Marcos Civic Center.  We will be hosting the next meeting in the EOC at the Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters.
  • Chief Carter hosted a press conference for a joint operation with the DEA dubbed “Operation Double Take.”  This investigation took place over the past six months and targeted drug trafficking rings operating in and around Escondido.  Numerous arrests were made and large quantities of drugs were seized.
  • A highly popular Facebook post of Sgt. Jim Lanigan assisting and elderly woman across Valley Pkwy.  The Facebook post was titled “An Officer and Gentlemen” and has received over 300 likes. 

Fire: 

The Burn Institute’s Boot Drive was a success. A special thanks to FF/PM Shaun Skelton for organizing and leading this year’s drive for Escondido. Shaun organized the Escondido Team which included all ranks and our Senior Volunteers. The team covered three intersections; one north, one south, and one center city and later that evening Mike’s BBQ helped out as a donation center. All together Escondido raised over $13,800 this year which was almost $4,000 more than last year.